Procrastination Is Not What You Think

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As human beings, we have plenty of things to do each day. Some of those things are far less savory than others. Some are huge and daunting, while others are quick, easy, or fun. But what about those annoying, important, and daunting things? No one wants to do something that does not make them feel happier or good.

Not all of us love what we do. Some of us are still stuck in those meaningless jobs that we hate, but they pay the bills until we can get to our next step. So we go into those jobs looking at the tasks and just not wanting to do them. Or you have things at home that just keep piling up that you keep pushing off.

Just Eat The Frog

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What are you talking about dude? What does eating frogs have to do with procrastination? Well, everything... Just hear me out.

The concept of 'Eat the frog' was inspired by a famous Mark Twain quote, "If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first." This method has absolutely nothing to do with eating actual frogs, so don't worry, but it has everything to do with accomplishing the things our psychological and neural emotional center wants to avoid.

Contrary to popular belief, procrastination is not a showcase of laziness, but a psychological avoidance of something that you don't want to do because you most likely just find it unpleasant. Studies on procrastination has found evidence that connects our brains' emotional center to procrastination.

We avoid doing a task we don't really want to do like raking the leaves, doing the laundry, or work-related reports because they do not bring us joy. Our brains fear these tasks because it knows that those tasks will not bring a spike of dopamine, the reward and happiness hormone. We avoid the tasks to avoid the unpleasant emotions of stress, boredom, or fear of being incompetent.

So how can you beat your brain at its own game? Eat the frog like Mark Twain said, first thing in the morning! In the morning during your morning routine or once you arrive at your workspace, identify one big task that is both important and something you do not want to do, then DO IT!

While it seems silly, it is simple and very effective! During the day we are called in all different directions. Our bosses need this, our kids need that, your partner has a question about such-and-such, and your mind is running at a million miles per hour. Not to mention trying to watch out on the crypto markets, lol. We all know what that is like.
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Every Day Is A New Day, So Start It Off Right!

In the morning, none of those things have had the chance to happen. If the first thing you do is the thing you would avoid all day, you clear up the stress and frustration of dealing with that task once the business of the day picks up. It clears up that one big thing that you didn't really want to mess with and allows you to be able to focus on more productive things.

Once you start knocking out the tasks that you really didn't want to do, then you will find that you will have more time in the day for the things that you do want to accomplish.

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Don't Let Procrastination Assassinate Your Motivation

Taking on one task at a time will help you beat the feeling of procrastination. Eating each frog, one at a time, starting with the biggest, will motivate you to keep knocking those tasks out. If you take care of the biggest ones first, then each task there after just keeps getting easier.

Again, procrastination is not being lazy in most cases. Now, in some cases, yeah, straight laziness is the reason. But, in most people's everyday lives, it's just really not wanting to do those tasks that they don't want to do. They seem too big and not worth the effort.

But, in many cases, those things that you don't want to do, are the things that you have to knock out before being able to get to the things that make you happy. So you need to look at that concept when you are procrastinating on getting things done. Let that be the motivation to get those unwanted tasks out of the way.

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Make A Game Out Of It

Yep, get silly with it, cause you only live once. Make a game with yourself and each task you have been procrastinating on, is a challenge in your game. Reward yourself for beating those tasks, even if it is something as simple as getting dessert at lunch, because you are an adult and you deserve it, lol. A little ice cream goes a long way in self motivation, lol.

But in all seriousness, life is short and don't stress over these tasks. Just get them done. You can do something like make a bingo game out of your tasks and when you get one done, you get another letter on your board. When you hit bingo, well then that's when you reward yourself. It can also be a way to get through your mundane day if you are working some corporate job you don't like.

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Knocking Out Small Tasks To Achieve Big Goals

This is why you strive hard at achieving every little challenge and goal that comes in your path. If you want the things in life that you are trying to achieve, then it takes knocking out all the little crap tasks that you do not want to do.

Procrastination is very common and you are not alone in feeling stuck and unproductive. As long as you want to break out of that pattern and eat some frogs, you will be able accomplish anything! Remember, it all starts with your mindset... And frogs...lol...

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Until next time...

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Eat that frog is key to success I often procrastinate by order of return, the tasks with greater return normally get my attention, Eating that frog helps me to work more balanced.

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